MPACT 2013 has ended

The Curriculum & Instruction Department of Manor ISD is pleased to announce MPACT.  Through MPACT, learners will be inspired to impact our students, exchange ideas with other teacher leaders, administrators, and community partners; and learn ways to engage and motivate our diverse student population. This teaching and learning institute is appropriate for all of us because we are interested in "Impacting Student Achievement Through Engaged, Aligned Classrooms."  

We encourage you to arrive early for check in to get your swag bag and to start your day networking with your fellow MISD educators before the sessions begin . Click here to download a pdf version of the full progam for MPACT. It will provide you with tips on how to make the most of your day. Additionally, SCHED Planner is the tool you will use to build your personal itinerary for MPACT. Most sessions are designed for any audience and  sessions are faciliated by your peers and some guest speakers. If you are unsure how to register, watch this video.

Star the sessions that you would like to attend. Choose only ONE session per timeslot. It will be important that you bring your technology since we will not have paper copies available and any updates to sessions and session locations will be available on this site only. Remember to bookmark the mobile app or print your schedule before you come. Dress comfortably as there are some sessions that will be very interactive. Finally, check out all of our participating vendors and exhibitors. Stop by their tables to hear and/or see what they have to offer. You never know what types of goodies you will pick up at their tables or what you may win at the end of the day.  See you at MPACT! 


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MPACT Sessions B [clear filter]
Tuesday, August 20


B01 - Toys or Tools? Technology Integration in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Take the technology that is a typical distraction for students and put them to educational use.

1. Ideas for iPad use in the classroom

2. A look at assignments created using iPad apps

3. See how easy it is to create templates and assignments for students on iPads.

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Teranika Odems

AVID Coordinator, Manor Excel Academy
Teranika Odems has been in Education for 7 years. She started her career in Austin ISD as a teachers assistant, after obtaining a BA from Stephen F Austin State University. After her time with Austin ISD she received her teacher certification and began teaching World Geography at... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B02 - Quick! Think and Write
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will engage actively in strategies that link thinking, speaking and writing.  Through group and individual activities, participants will learn and create thoughtful, interactive writing activities to jump start the beginning of the year in any content/elective area!  Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops.

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Pamela Gray

PreK - 2 Literacy Coach, Lagos ES, Manor Independent School District
Pamela Gray has 41 years experience teaching PK – 12 and college adult; she also has  38 years experience with professional development. She is a New Jersey Writing Project in Texas (now Abydos, International, which is part of the National Diffusion Network) diamond level writing... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B03 - STAR Math, The Renaissance Way!
Limited Capacity seats available

STAR Math Enterprise is a powerful computer adaptive assessment that aligns to instructional activities through research-based learning progressions.  Perfect for RTI screening, progress monitoring and/or diagnostic, STAR Math assessments can impact instructional planning and gauge proficiency on Texas and College and Career Anchor Standards.

Participant will leave this session equipped with an understanding of:
  • STAR math administration
  • STAR  math reports
  • STAA math for instruction

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Elizabeth Perrin

STAR Academic Advisor, Renaissance Learning
As a STAR Academic Advisor for Renaissance Learning, Elizabeth Perrin supports educators in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona in the utilization of STAR Assessments to accelerate learning for all students.  Prior to joining Renaissance Learning, Elizabeth spent 21 years as an educator... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B04 -Small Group Instruction...Meet Math
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we respond when students don’t master the learning objectives?  This session will provide participants a process for planning small group instruction within the Tier 1 lesson cycle.   Participants will engage in the process from setting expectations, to data disaggregation and vertical alignment, ending with re-assessing standards.   While this session will focus on math content, other content area teachers may attend to engage in the framework that may be applied to all content areas.

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Laura Carlin

Academic Dean, Manor High School
With a genuine passion for learning, Laura Carlin finds true joy in helping struggling learners become successful in mathematics at all levels.  She began her career in Round Rock ISD as a high school math teacher and came to Manor ISD 8 years ago to serve as the district K-12 math... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B05 - Assessing Our Assessments
Limited Capacity seats available

Learners will explore strategies for creating assessments that yield valuable data to inform instruction and classroom decision-making. The learner will:- discuss best practices in assessment formation- explore questions to facilitate in evaluating effectiveness of assessments- evaluate/compare and contrast assessments.

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Zachary McAuley

Teacher, Manor Excel Academy
Zachary is a math teacher at Manor Excel Academy. Zachary graduated from Texas State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and has been a K-12 math instructor for varying levels of academic proficiency. He has assisted in developing extra-curricular activities... Read More →
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Blanca Valencia

Teacher, Manor Excel Academy
Blanca Valencia is a Social Studies Teacher at Manor Excel. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in History and received a teaching certification from the UTeach Liberal Arts program. Blanca is also a Teacher Leader under the TTIPS grant for... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B06 -Project Management: 101
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is open exclusively to teachers who have attended the Think Forward PBL Institute.

Come learn some strategies to teach students how to manage projects.  Topics will include scaffolding critical thinking and inquiry, facilitating "Next Steps", and implementing group contracts.

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Claudia Acevedo

Academic Dean, Manor Independent School District
Claudia Acevedo taught at New Tech schools in California and Texas before becoming a district coordinator and school administrator. She has been training teachers on project based learning strategies since 2009 and is currently the Academic Dean at Manor New Tech High School.

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B07 - Literacy Issues Across the Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Consider this..
  • Reading across the curriculum uses different thought patterns and skills.
  • Writing across the curriculum uses different thought patterns and skills.
  • Teaching reading text structures across the curriculum can facilitate more effective writing across the curriculum.

During this session, participants will: 
  • Be more mindful of the structure of the text in their subject materials.
  • Be able to point out text structures to students to facilitate understanding and participation.
  • Be able to help students use reading text structures to enhance writing in each subject area.
  • Be able to require a greater variety of writing assignments in their subject area.

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erin hugghins

Read 180 Educator, Manor High School
More than anything in the world, I believe in the power of reading. I believe that if you put the right reading material, in the right person's hands, you can change their lives. My main goal is to seek out ways to bridge the reading/comprehension gap we are facing in today's schools... Read More →

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Dr. Dianne Haneke

Educational Consultant, His-Wordsmith.com
Dr. Haneke taught 5th grade in South Los Angeles Ca (1964-66). Upon moving to upstate NY, she completed her MS.Ed in Reading and Literacy (1971). She established and ran several Reading labs (K-12) in rural schools just southwest of Albany for about 20 years. Dr. Haneke was an Associate... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B08 - MPACTing Student Achievement Through Positive Relationships
Limited Capacity seats available

Gain an understanding of the importance of building positive relationships with at risk students!  Explore multiple strategies from various frameworks and research-based practices in this interactive session.  Come prepared to share and learn.

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Kenya Boson

TTIPS Grant, At- Risk Counselor, Manor Independent School District
Greetings! My name is Kenya Boson, and I serve as the At-Risk Counselor at Manor High School. I am pleased to say I have been in Manor ISD since the 2011-2012 school year. I completed my undergraduate work at The University of Texas at Austin, where I earned a Bachelor of Science... Read More →
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Lucy Cochrane

Director of Dropout Prevention, Manor Independent School District Central Office Administration
Lucy is the Director of Dropout Prevention. She was asked to develop this new department 5 years ago because of her extensive experience work in Curriculum & Instruction. In addition to this role, she serves as the TTIPS District Grant Shephered for Manor ISD. She has also served... Read More →
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Jerretta Jimmerson

Homeless Educator, Foster Care Liaison and Family With Voice Liaison, Manor Independent School District
Jerretta Jimmerson-Davenport is the mom, wife, community leader, Family Empowerment Specialist, Life Coach, Sunday school teacher, and Homeless Educator and Foster Care Liaison. She resides in Manor, Texas. Raised by a military dad, she is not a stranger to moving around. A graduate... Read More →
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Lynda Maldonado

Academic Intervention Specialist, Manor High School
Lynda Maldonado is an Academic Intervention Specialist at Manor High School and serves in the Transition Team to ensure success for students entering Manor Excel Academy. Lynda has worked with the Manor ISD Bilingual/ESL Department and now monitors high school interventions and school... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B09 - Enrique's Journey: A Narrative & Introspective Book Study
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will discuss the Curriculum & Instruction Department’s Book Study of Enrique’s Journey by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario.  This presentation provides implications for teaching immigrant English language learners (ELLs). The second portion of the presentation will embed interactive, reflective practices in the discussion of a secondary ELL student’s journey in search for his mother.

At the conclusion of this session, participants should have a better understanding of secondary ELL’s and their family struggles, narrative qualitative research, and strategies on how to effectively make a difference in an ELL’s life. Participants will leave the training with a personal copy of Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario purchased by the Bilingual/ESL Department.



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Roel Hinojosa

Director of Bilingual/ESL Education, Manor Independent School District
Mr. Hinojosa truly loves the diversity that Manor ISD employs and how the district is committed to providing a welcoming, family, and community-oriented environment to all its stakeholders. Hinojosa brings over 20 years of experience in the field of education to MISD; his varied experiences... Read More →
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Kelly James

21st Century Academic Specialist-Bilingual/ESL, Manor Independent School District
Kelly' Bio is Sung to the tune of the Beverly Hillbillies Theme Song:Come & Listen to a story ‘bout a girl named Kel,Loved to be a teacher, and work with E.L.L.sMoved her kids to Austin, ‘cause it is really swell,Made her way to Manor, to work with ESL… Teachers, that is—true... Read More →
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Eric Tate

Administrative Associate for Bilingual/ESL/Early Childhood Departments, Manor Independent School District
Eric Tate is the administrative associate for the Bilingual/ESL team as well as for the Early Childhood Dept. He has worked in various education roles, from pre-school to higher education, for over 10 years in 3 states.

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B10 - 3-D Modeling in Math and Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking to make math or science concepts come alive for your students?  Learn skills on Google's free software SketchUp that will unlock spatial understanding and presentation skills for all learners. Get hands on experience making useful and captivating 3-D models for a wide variety of topics. Participants will be introduced to SketchUp's basic features and settings, along with examples of more sophisticated modeling techniques. We will create digital models to practice using the program, and discuss opportunities to integrate this technology into student learning.

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Dawson Williams

Teacher, Decker Middle School
Dawson is a math and science teacher at Decker Middle School, and has been with MISD for the past four years. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelors of Architecture degree in 2008. He has worked with firms in Vancouver and Texas, and has spent countless... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B11 - Plant the S.O.D.
Limited Capacity seats available

Struggling with everyday discipline? Wondering if there is a better way? Join Bruce Smith to "Plant the S.O.D." before the seeds of learning can grow. This has been time tested and will provide simple answers to classroom management difficulties in the 2000s that have their roots in the 1970s.

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Smith, Bruce H

Social Studies Department Chair, Manor Independent School District
Mr. Smith is the Social Studies Department chair at Manor High. He has been in that role for 6 of the 7 years of his tenure in Manor ISD. Formerly a teacher/coach/principal/department chair in his home state of NJfor 30 years.Mr. Smith came to Manor in 2007 to teach Social Studies... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B12 - Research: A Sea of Possibilities
Limited Capacity seats available

Dive into research and engage students in a variety of lessons to incorporate the ELAR Research TEKS. Dig deep into brainstorming, navigating, and synthesizing information to prepare 21st Century Learners. Surf the possibilities for integrating these lessons into your classroom and/or library program.

Attendees will:
  • Review the ELAR Research TEKS and the research process.
  • Participate in active hands-on lessons that they can easily implement into their current program.
  • Receive materials that can be easily modified to differentiate instruction.
  • Have the opportunity to collaborate with other colleagues.

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Amy Heil

Digital Learning Coach, Georgetown ISD
I am currently the library media specialist at Mitchell Elementary in Georgetown, Texas. I have taught 13 years in Georgetown with this being my seventh year as the elementary librarian at Mitchell. I had the privilege of opening the Mitchell library when the school was built in 2008... Read More →
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Monica McCollum

5th grade teacher, Georgetown Independent School District
Monica McCollum is currently the Library Media Specialist at Williams Elementary in Georgetown, Texas. She has taught for 15 years with this being her seventh year at Williams. She taught 1st grade for 7 years in Crossett, Arkansas and was the elementary librarian at North Crossett... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B13 - Dyslexia Awareness Training
Limited Capacity seats available

Inform - Teachers will be informed of what characteristics and attributes students might possess to constitute a good dyslexia referral for testing.

Review - Teachers will review the dyslexia process of referrals, paperwork, and protocol will be addressed and reviewed in detail.

Apply - Teachers will learn what accommodations and modifications students who qualify for services can utilize in the classroom.

By the end of this session, teachers will understand which students in their classrooms are good candidates for dyslexia testing based on primary and secondary characteristics of dyslexia. Teachers will be aware of what documentation is required before testing and the process of compiling the necessary paperwork for referred students. Teachers will learn to utilize appropriate and necessary accommodations in their classroom in order to positively impact student achievement. 

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Megan Cheney

Dyslexia Specialist, Manor Independent School District
Megan Cheney began teaching in Manor ISD in 2006. She is currently a Dyslexia Specialist at ShadowGlen Elementary and Blake Manor Elementary. She has completed the Basic Language Skills training at Rawson Saunders Institute and is working towards becoming a Certified Academic Language... Read More →
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Kathy McKay

Dyslexia Specialist, Manor Independent School District
Graduated from University of Texas at Austin with BS in Elem. Ed. and certification in Special Ed. 30 years of public school teaching, 22 years with Manor ISD,19 years of dyslexia evaluations and intervention. Basic Language Skills and Advanced Basic Language Skills training through... Read More →
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Karseno, Keith Michael

Dyslexia Specialist, Manor Independent School District
Keith Karseno has been working in education for the past 13 years. In his eleven years at Manor ISD, he has served as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher and currently as a Dyslexia Interventionist. Keith is a Master Reading Teacher and holds a certification as an ESL instructor and is a... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B14 - This Library is So Big!
Limited Capacity seats available

Making the transition from high school to college level research is a big step even for the most prepared students. This session will address assumptions faculty make about their first-year students' research skills, how UT-Austin librarians have addressed these assumptions, and what we have heard from our students and our high school teacher librarians in response. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences and techniques to help begin building a vertical team to support the high school-to-college transition.

  • Attendees will examine first-year college level syllabi in order to understand what skills may need to be strengthened in the high school classroom
  • Attendees will learn what first-year students research strengths and weakness are according to college faculty as well as LIS survey data of incoming freshman
  • Attendees will pick up practical tips and tools for beginning a conversation about integrating information (aka research skills) into the library classroom

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Cindy Fisher

Learning Technologies Librarian, University of Texas Libraries

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B15 - From IFD to PPF: C-SCOPE and PBL
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide teachers an opportunity to explore the commonalities between information provided in the Instructional Focus Document (IFD, found in C-SCOPE) and the information required in the Project Planning Form (PPF). Teachers will leave having explored the IFD for Unit 1 for their content area and will have completed an initial PPF for a project based upon Unit 1.

Teachers will explore C-SCOPE and the Instructional Focus Document for Unit One.  They will review information required to complete a Project Planning Form. Then each teacher will identify where the required information is located. Finally they will complete all elements of the PPF.

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Stephanie Ehler

Instructional Coach, Manor New Tech High School
Stephanie has 8 years of teaching experience, 7 of which were in the classroom as a Secondary ELA teacher and one year as an Instructional Coach. Of her seven years in the classroom, 4 were spent in an integrated humanities class using project based learning. She enjoys reading and... Read More →
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Chris Fancher

Instructional Coach, Garland ISD
I am the Instructional Coach (IC) at Decker Middle School. I have over 20 years teaching experience with math, science, and engineering from 6th grade to college. I taught 4 years at MNTHS using a project based instructional approach before taking the current IC position. I possess... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B16 - Bring Reading into Math with QTIPS
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to bring reading skills into understanding math story problems using the QTIPS method.  Learn how to get students look for the Question, Think about the question using background knowledge, look for the Information, and outline the Process before they try to solve the problem.
  • Participants will walk through all the steps of QTIPS, including creating the foldable as a student would.
  • Participants will learn how to present the QTIPS method in a way that creates a space for meaningful "table talk".
  • Participants will brainstorm ideas for finding and sharing more rigorus questions that will benefit from the QTIPS method. 

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Shannon Belz

Teacher, Manor ISD
Shannon Belz has been employed in Manor ISD for 6 years. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classes. She has been incorporating technology into her classroom since she became a teacher and increased the use of technology since attending the Lead Forward training 2 years ago. She... Read More →
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Micheal Harper

Librarian, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary
Micheal Harper received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana in 1987 and her Masters of Library and Information Science in 1993. She has lived in the Manor Independent School District for over 20 years and has been employed in Manor ISD for 12 years with 5 years... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B17 - Better Bodies Boot Camp with Sheldon
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you miss your morning work-out session or just want to try something new? If so, stop by Better Bodies Boot Camp for a work-out that is sure to challenge you! This  popular interval class will mixe calisthenics and body weight exercises with cardio and strength training. This boot camp is designed to push our participants harder than they'd push themselves.  Although I may push you like a drill sergeant, my goal is to offer encouragement rather than intimidation. I want you to have tons of fun – but please be prepared for some high intensity training!

For this class, participants should dress appropriately in work out attire and bring plenty of water. There will be limited mats availabe, so participants may want to bring a mat with them to this class. This class is limited to 15 participants.

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Marcy Evans

Health Services Coordintator, Manor Independent School District
Marcy Evans is a Registered Nurse. She has been working in the health field for over 11 years, 5 of those years have been with Manor ISD. One of the primary roles of nursing is education in health promotion and disease prevention. Marcy Evans is a certified CPR trainer through Austin... Read More →

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Sheldon Williams

Certified Trainer, Better Bodies
Sheldon Williams is an elite certified personal trainer with a focus on complete fitness and wellness of the whole person. Sheldon has been nurturing the inspiration of his passion for fitness since his adolescent years. In pursuit of mastering the art and discipline of fitness, Sheldon... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
Practice Gym


B18 - Now Trending: Using Twitter in Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this session to learn more about Twitter and using it this year to connect with other educators and discuss important topics. We will review how interactions take place on Twitter and using hashtags to promote posts to increase communication. Leave with a list of educational topics and people to follow for more information.

1. Understand how to use Twitter and use it to discuss trending topics.
2. Understand how to use hashtags to promote posts to increase communication.
3. Leave with a list of educational topics/people to follow for more information.

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David Surdovel

Executive Coordinator of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Manor ISD
I have educational experience from multiple environments, from growing up in upstate New York, to teaching math at both the secondary and college level in New York City, to working for the past five years in Manor, Texas. During that time, I have been recognized for my hard work by... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B19 - Book Talks: Animoto, Popplet & Student Videos
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore Popplet, Animoto and student-video making (including Blabberize!) to determine their uses for student-created products that indicate learning and mastery of content from literature and curriculum texts.

Develop rubrics as a viable tool to assess both creativity and content of the student-products.

Leave this session with at least three valuable tools to employ immediately in the classroom as well as a 'student - sample' product! 
  •  Identify how to use Popplet, Animoto, and other applications for student productivity
  •  Explore multiple ways to produce content-based and curriculum - driven products
  •  Have fun creating on your iPad!

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Cathleen Ash

Library Media Teacher, Manor Independent School District
I am passionate about technology and learning, and even more so about the two of them together! I love learning new tools and methods to enhance the educational and learning processes....and enjoy the latest cognitive development articles to structure learning so it is fun, purposeful... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B20 - CSCOPE 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Particpants will be navigating through the  CSOPE online program. We will also have an overview of the MISD Backward Design process, and understand the critical components of teacher planning.
Participants will need their electronic devices for this hands - on learning session. 

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Shirley Heflin

Instructional Coach, Pioneer Crossing Elementary

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm


B21- Digital Passport: Empowering Students to Make Smart Choices Online
Limited Capacity seats available

Jump start your Digital Citizenship program with Digital Passport.  Have your students earn their Digital Citizenship through engaging videos, fun games, and classroom activities.

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Jacob Luevano

Manor Independent School District

Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm